Mid-Unit Assessment: On-Demand Writing – Conflicting Interpretations of the 13th and 14th Amendments

The authors of the court's decision and the dissenting opinion on Plessy v. Ferguson disagreed on their interpretations of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments. Scholars set out to show how with an on-demand writing prompt. They provide evidence from both texts to support their claims. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Offer various graphic organizers to support students with essay organization 
  • Provide copies of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments for reference
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson eight from the consecutive 13-part Grade 8 Module 3B, Unit 1 series
Pros

  • Provides a rubric for grading the essay
  • Includes teaching notes
Cons

  • None
Common Core